Unmasking the First Amendment – Litigating Freedom of Information, & Office of Legal Counsel Opinions

26m | Jan 31, 2021

Guest: Attorney Stephanie Krent, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The mission of the Institute and its attorneys, is to defend freedom of speech and the press in the digital age – through strategic litigation, research, & public education.

In this discussion, Attorney Krent outlines how the Office of Legal Counsel and its infamous legal opinions often referred to as OLC opinions, are of critical importance to those who need to know the law, comply with it, or challenge it. All too often, those outside of government need to know what is established precedent for government agencies, but these “secret opinions’ have been routinely withheld from the public – and ultimately lawyers.

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